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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald
Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley was disappointed with Trent Merrin for his lack of discipline in Origin II - but not as unhappy as he was with the performance of referees Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein.
Brad Walter Queensland make it eight series wins in a row as NSW squander a glut of possession.
Brad Walter CANTERBURY star Sam Kasiano will be unable to play for Queensland under a new State of Origin eligibility rule even if the New Zealand-born prop pledges his international allegiance to Australia...
Winning Starts Monday
Brad Walter It took just 12 minutes after the NSW team was announced for Origin I before Blues coach Ricky Stuart was asked if he would stick with the latest batch of players regardless of the result at Etihad...
Brad Walter QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga and his players remain unsure of the make-up of the NSW team for tonight's opening Origin match at Etihad Stadium, with the Blues yet to officially announce a line-up.
Brad Walter AN INDEPENDENT analyst engaged by NSW officials to review Origin I has found that Queensland were able to get away with 10 incidents that warranted penalties, while match officials missed just one...
Brad Walter SAM KASIANO'S likely Origin selection has sparked a scathing attack on rival NSW and Queensland coaches Ricky Stuart and Mal Meninga from leading New Zealand official Tony Kemp.
Brad Walter It is a sure sign of how much pressure Billy Slater is under to retain his No.1 Australian jersey for the May 3 Test against New Zealand when former Kangaroos captain Darren Lockyer and Queensland...
Brad Walter Australian captain Cameron Smith is set to surpass Darren Lockyer's record for the most NRL games after signing a new four-year deal with Melbourne Storm.
Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley insists the decision to base the team in Coffs Harbour this season is unrelated to the off-field incidents that derailed the Blues 2013 campaign – but it should keep the...
Brad Walter Matt Scott will ignore the pain of a broken finger to help the Kangaroos qualify for the World Cup final at Old Trafford and play in what he hopes will be the last game for former Queensland and...
Brad Walter Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, Brent Tate and Corey Parker have won grand finals, State of Origins and Four Nations tournaments but unless the Kangaroos beat New...
Brad Walter To get an idea of what NSW are up against at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, consider this fact: five of Queensland's most senior players have each had as many, or more, Origin wins at the venue...
STATE OF ORIGIN
Brad Walter The Blues will go into Wednesday night's Origin at Suncorp Stadium full of confidence from not only their performance in the series opener but the way Queensland has reacted to the defeat.
Brad Walter NSW players had no one to blame but themselves as they undid all of their good work in Origin I with an undisciplined performance that enabled Queensland to level the series at Suncorp Stadium.
State of Origin
Brad Walter Blues coach Laurie Daley took responsibility for Nathan Merritt's defensive faults in his Origin debut – but stopped short of guaranteeing him a place in the series decider.
Brad Walter A tackle by Mitchell Pearce on Billy Slater in the final minute of Origin I was being blamed for an incident on Wednesday night that the NSW camp claim may turn next month's series decider into a...
Brad Walter Blake Ferguson attended Origin II at Suncorp Stadium - but the suspended NSW winger wasn't officially there as a guest of the Blues.
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Brad Walter Blues captain Paul Gallen is expected to decide on his fitness for Origin III before the team to play in the series decider is announced next Sunday.